Race Report: 2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Barber Motorsports Park
May 1, 2022

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Race Top Five

RankDriverCar No.Laps LedPoints
1Pato O'Ward52751
2Alex Palou10441
3Rinus VeeKay215739
4Will Power12-32
5Scott Dixon9-30

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Sessions

Results

Race

RankDriverCar No.StartLapsTotal TimeLaps LedStatusPointsAvg. SpeedPit Stops
1Pato O'Ward529001:48:39.436827Running51114.3042
2Alex Palou1039001:48:40.41684Running41114.2872
3Rinus VeeKay2119001:48:51.918757Running39114.0862
4Will Power12199001:48:54.6984-Running32114.0372
5Scott Dixon9139001:49:02.2665-Running30113.9052
6Scott McLaughlin349001:49:03.5017-Running28113.8842
7Romain Grosjean2889001:49:03.9529-Running26113.8763
8Graham Rahal1599001:49:11.3541-Running24113.7472
9Alexander Rossi2759001:49:12.6865-Running22113.7242
10Colton Herta26109001:49:12.9470-Running20113.7203
11Simon Pagenaud60249001:49:13.1786-Running19113.7162
12Marcus Ericsson8129001:49:13.9106-Running18113.7033
13Takuma Sato51179001:49:14.3508-Running17113.6952
14Josef Newgarden279001:49:15.11752Running17113.6823
15Christian Lundgaard30149001:49:16.4784-Running15113.6592
16Felix Rosenqvist769001:49:21.0513-Running14113.5792
17Devlin DeFrancesco29209001:49:21.8879-Running13113.5652
18Jack Harvey45159001:49:41.7635-Running12113.2223
19Conor Daly20229001:49:42.7315-Running11113.2053
20David Malukas18189001:49:43.1803-Running10113.1982
21Helio Castroneves6169001:49:43.9690-Running9113.1843
22Kyle Kirkwood14218901:49:00.3931-Running8112.6724
23Dalton Kellett4238901:49:12.3066-Running7112.4673
24Jimmie Johnson48268901:49:19.2252-Running6112.3493
25Callum Ilott77118801:49:48.2463-Running5110.5973
26Tatiana Calderon11258801:49:51.7757-Running5110.5383
— Race: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Race Notes:

  • The 2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was 90 laps on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile road course totaling 207 miles.
  • The pit road speed was 50 mph and the race was to start the third time by the flag stand with pole sitter Rinus VeeKay gridded on drivers' left. However, the initial start was waved off forcing the first lap to be run under caution.
  • The fuel window was 26–29 laps under green-flag conditions assuming a two-stop strategy.
  • All cars but those of Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, Will Power, Conor Daly, Dalton Kellett, Simon Pagenaud and Tatiana Calderon will start on the red-sidewalled alternate tires. Each car must use one set of new alternate (red) tires and one set of primary (black) tires during the race.
  • Ten minutes before the green flag, the ambient temperature in Birmingham, Alabama was 75 degrees with sunny skies. The track temperature was 108 degrees according to Firestone Racing engineers.
  • At 12:08 p.m. CDT, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow gave the command to start engines. All engines fired and all cars rolled off the grid.
  • Following the false start and one lap of caution, VeeKay led the field to the green flag and maintained the lead through the opening segment of the race.
  • On Lap 32, the race's only full-course caution flag was thrown for the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet of Callum Ilott. The rookie driver spun off course in Turn 9 causing his race car to become stuck in gravel. Due to being on an alternate pit stop strategy, leaders under caution were Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, VeeKay, Romain Grosjean and Pato O'Ward.
  • The caution proved untimely for those drivers on alternate strategies, prompting them to pit under yellow and effectively returning to the same pit stop sequence as the leaders despite having already pitted 20 laps prior.
  • VeeKay regained the lead under caution and led the field on the restart. The Dutch driver continued to hold an advantage over the field until bring passed by O'Ward on Lap 62.
  • O'Ward went on to dominate the remainder of the race, leading from Lap 64 until the checkered flag.
  • Holding a 1.3502-second advantage when he took the white flag, O'Ward crossed the finish line 0.9800 seconds ahead of Alex Palou.
  • The second-place finish for Palou vaulted the Chip Ganassi Racing driver to the points lead.
  • Unofficial points after the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama:
    1. Palou 144
    2. McLaughlin 141 (-3)
    3. Newgarden 135 (-9)
    4. Power 134 (-10)
    5. O'Ward 114 (-30)
    6. Dixon 113 (-31)
    7. VeeKay 106 (-38)
    8. Grosjean 101 (-43)

Final Practice

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Callum Ilott7701:07.090613123.41518--.------.----
2Alex Palou1001:07.191612123.230180.10100.1010
3Marcus Ericsson801:07.274516123.078180.18390.0829
4Scott Dixon901:07.341217122.956170.25060.0667
5Alexander Rossi2701:07.352914122.935170.26230.0117
6Scott McLaughlin301:07.46189122.736190.37120.1089
7Takuma Sato5101:07.593516122.497160.50290.1317
8Christian Lundgaard3001:07.777816122.164160.68720.1843
9David Malukas1801:07.784919122.151190.69430.0071
10Colton Herta2601:07.897212121.949160.80660.1123
11Josef Newgarden201:07.93049121.889180.83980.0332
12Conor Daly2001:07.981511121.798180.89090.0511
13Pato O'Ward501:08.037714121.697180.94710.0562
14Helio Castroneves601:08.101518121.583191.01090.0638
15Jack Harvey4501:08.248513121.321181.15790.1470
16Will Power1201:08.318118121.198181.22750.0696
17Romain Grosjean2801:08.341618121.156181.25100.0235
18Simon Pagenaud6001:08.403513121.046181.31290.0619
19Kyle Kirkwood1401:08.443918120.975181.35330.0404
20Rinus VeeKay2101:08.494117120.886201.40350.0502
21Graham Rahal1501:08.503612120.870121.41300.0095
22Devlin DeFrancesco2901:08.969611120.053171.87900.4660
23Felix Rosenqvist701:09.224512119.611182.13390.2549
24Jimmie Johnson4801:09.367511119.364182.27690.1430
25Dalton Kellett401:09.440717119.238182.35010.0732
26Tatiana Calderon1101:20.04044103.448412.949810.5997
— Final Practice: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Final practice started on time at 4:20 p.m. CDT and was scheduled for a 30-minute duration.
  • The session was slowed by a single red flag for for the No. 11 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet of Tatiana Calderon, which went off track at Turn 2 and required assistance from the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team.
  • Callum Ilott, driver of the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet, ended the session with the fastest lap: 1:07.0960.

Qualifying

Firestone Fast Six
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Rinus VeeKay2101:06.2507124.98044--.------.----
2Pato O'Ward501:06.4003124.698220.14960.1496
3Alex Palou1001:06.4415124.621440.19080.0412
4Scott McLaughlin301:06.4967124.517220.24600.0552
5Alexander Rossi2701:06.5549124.409440.30420.0582
6Felix Rosenqvist701:06.6410124.248330.39030.0861
— Firestone Fast Six: Results (PDF) | Overall Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Session Notes:

  • Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award consists of three segments. In the first round, each group receives 10 minutes of track time. The fastest six cars from each group advance to Round 2 while the remaining cars are assigned positions 13 to 26. Group 1 drivers will occupy the odd-numbered positions while Group 2 drivers will occupy the even-numbered positions based on their fastest lap times. During Round 2, the 12 advancing cars receive 10 minutes of track time with the fastest six advancing to the Firestone Fast Six while the remaining cars are ranked in positions seven through 12 based on their fastest laps. During the Firestone Fast Six, the six cars receive six minutes of guaranteed green-flag time. At the end of session, cars are ranked one through six based on their fastest laps.
  • At the start of qualifying, the ambient temperature in Birmingham, Alabama was 78 degrees. The track temperature was 115 degrees according to Firestone Racing engineers.
  • Groups 1 and 2 ran largely without incident, although David Malukas did run off course at the conclusion of Group 2 qualifying. The No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda made contact with the Turn 15 barrier.
  • Round 2's only issue came at the end of the session, when the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Marcus Ericsson spun off course at Turn 8 and stopped in the gravel.
  • Pato O'Ward, Scott McLaughlin, Alexander Rossi, Felix Ronsenqvist, Rinus VeeKay and Alex Palou competed in the Firestone Fast Six for the NTT P1 Award.
  • VeeKay ended the session with the fastest lap: 1:06.2507. The achievement marked VeeKay's second NTT IndyCar Series pole. His first came at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in October 2020.
Round 2
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Pato O'Ward501:06.1054125.25567--.------.----
2Scott McLaughlin301:06.1474125.175670.04200.0420
3Alexander Rossi2701:06.1839125.106670.07850.0365
4Felix Rosenqvist701:06.2721124.939770.16670.0882
5Rinus VeeKay2101:06.2732124.937670.16780.0011
6Alex Palou1001:06.3153124.858770.20990.0421
7Josef Newgarden201:06.3348124.821770.22940.0195
8Romain Grosjean2801:06.3820124.733770.27660.0472
9Graham Rahal1501:06.6339124.261670.52850.2519
10Colton Herta2601:06.7295124.083560.62410.0956
11Callum Ilott7701:07.2000123.214671.09460.4705
12Marcus Ericsson801:07.3561122.929271.25070.1561
— Round 2: Results (PDF) | Back to session list
Round 1 Group 2
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Romain Grosjean2801:06.2000125.07657--.------.----
2Colton Herta2601:06.3396124.812560.13960.1396
3Josef Newgarden201:06.3799124.737670.17990.0403
4Rinus VeeKay2101:06.5477124.422670.34770.1678
5Callum Ilott7701:06.6649124.203570.46490.1172
6Marcus Ericsson801:06.7305124.081670.53050.0656
7Christian Lundgaard3001:06.7462124.052670.54620.0157
8Helio Castroneves601:06.8138123.926260.61380.0676
9David Malukas1801:06.8898123.786660.68980.0760
10Devlin DeFrancesco2901:07.0242123.537560.82420.1344
11Conor Daly2001:07.0350123.518660.83500.0108
12Simon Pagenaud6001:07.1052123.388670.90520.0702
13Jimmie Johnson4801:09.0075119.987262.80751.9023
— Round 1 Group 2: Results (PDF) | Back to session list
Round 1 Group 1
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott McLaughlin301:06.0289125.40067--.------.----
2Pato O'Ward501:06.2448124.991670.21590.2159
3Felix Rosenqvist701:06.3855124.726770.35660.1407
4Alex Palou1001:06.3877124.722670.35880.0022
5Alexander Rossi2701:06.3962124.706660.36730.0085
6Graham Rahal1501:06.5016124.508770.47270.1054
7Scott Dixon901:06.5142124.485770.48530.0126
8Jack Harvey4501:06.6511124.229670.62220.1369
9Takuma Sato5101:06.7541124.037770.72520.1030
10Will Power1201:06.7775123.994770.74860.0234
11Kyle Kirkwood1401:06.8213123.913770.79240.0438
12Dalton Kellett401:07.6869122.328771.65800.8656
13Tatiana Calderon1101:07.9248121.900671.89590.2379
— Round 1 Group 1: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Practice 2

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Rinus VeeKay2101:05.92649125.59515--.------.----
2Pato O'Ward501:06.013617125.429180.08720.0872
3Colton Herta2601:06.043422125.372220.11700.0298
4Scott McLaughlin301:06.123314125.221200.19690.0799
5Romain Grosjean2801:06.217012125.043200.29060.0937
6Alex Palou1001:06.221714125.035250.29530.0047
7Marcus Ericsson801:06.398221124.702210.47180.1765
8Scott Dixon901:06.409314124.681190.48290.0111
9Callum Ilott7701:06.421717124.658190.49530.0124
10Jack Harvey4501:06.558818124.401190.63240.1371
11Josef Newgarden201:06.609220124.307210.68280.0504
12Graham Rahal1501:06.636623124.256230.71020.0274
13Conor Daly2001:06.755419124.035190.82900.1188
14Kyle Kirkwood1401:06.806518123.940180.88010.0511
15Christian Lundgaard3001:06.806919123.939220.88050.0004
16Will Power1201:06.825113123.906190.89870.0182
17David Malukas1801:06.847719123.864200.92130.0226
18Felix Rosenqvist701:06.854019123.852190.92760.0063
19Devlin DeFrancesco2901:06.908513123.751180.98210.0545
20Alexander Rossi2701:06.93844123.69661.01200.0299
21Helio Castroneves601:06.988414123.603161.06200.0500
22Takuma Sato5101:07.093121123.411231.16670.1047
23Jimmie Johnson4801:07.288820123.052221.36240.1957
24Dalton Kellett401:07.360619122.921221.43420.0718
25Simon Pagenaud6001:07.41045122.830171.48400.0498
26Tatiana Calderon1101:08.539817120.806182.61341.1294
— Practice 2: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Like the first practice session of the weekend on Friday afternoon, Practice 2 began on time at 9 a.m. CDT. The 45-minute session was allotted one hour of track time, allowing the clock to be stopped for red flags as long as the stoppages did not exceed 15 minutes.
  • The session was interrupted by two red flags:
    • At 10:13 a.m., the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda of Alexander Rossi ran wide and made contact with the wall in Turn 17. The No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda of Helio Castroneves made right front contact with debris from the incident. Rossi was able to exit his race car without assistance from the AMR IndyCar Safety Team. The need for extensive cleanup led to a 22-minute red flag period, exceeding the 15-minute buffer and forcing the clock to start counting down. The session resumed at 10:32 a.m. with 27 minutes remaining.
    • At 10:47 a.m., the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet of Will Power slid off course and into the gravel at Turn 7. The car was retrieved and the session resumed five minutes later with seven minutes left on the clock.
  • Following the checkered flag, a 1:05.9264 turned by Rinus VeeKay in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet was the fastest lap of the session.

Practice 1

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Colton Herta2601:06.51495124.48315--.------.----
2Alex Palou1001:06.56578124.388170.05080.0508
3Alexander Rossi2701:06.66576124.202140.15080.1000
4Romain Grosjean2801:06.70465124.129160.18970.0389
5Scott McLaughlin301:06.870522123.821220.35560.1659
6Scott Dixon901:06.925110123.720160.41020.0546
7Pato O'Ward501:06.98384123.612160.46890.0587
8Callum Ilott7701:07.086110123.423200.57120.1023
9Marcus Ericsson801:07.10126123.396170.58630.0151
10Rinus VeeKay2101:07.115518123.369180.60060.0143
11Jack Harvey4501:07.18417123.243170.66920.0686
12Helio Castroneves601:07.22936123.161140.71440.0452
13Felix Rosenqvist701:07.341610122.955170.82670.1123
14Devlin DeFrancesco2901:07.381720122.882200.86680.0401
15Christian Lundgaard3001:07.400411122.848210.88550.0187
16Will Power1201:07.41329122.825220.89830.0128
17Graham Rahal1501:07.44577122.765170.93080.0325
18Josef Newgarden201:07.550514122.575151.03560.1048
19Conor Daly2001:07.57479122.531171.05980.0242
20Kyle Kirkwood1401:07.611017122.465171.09610.0363
21Simon Pagenaud6001:07.69167122.319171.17670.0806
22Takuma Sato5101:07.74736122.219171.23240.0557
23David Malukas1801:07.96874121.821161.45380.2214
24Dalton Kellett401:08.42887121.002191.91390.4601
25Jimmie Johnson4801:08.463311120.941211.94840.0345
26Tatiana Calderon1101:09.267718119.536212.75280.8044
— Practice 1: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The first practice session for the 2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park began on time at 3 p.m. CDT and continued without incident, completing its 45 minutes of track time without interruption despite being allotted one full hour on the weekend schedule.
  • Andretti Autosport's Colton Herta ended Practice 1 with the fastest lap, a 1:06.5149 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.

Green Flag12:15 p.m. CDT *
Drivers Start Your Engines12:08 p.m.
Race Broadcast1 p.m. EDT on NBC and Peacock Premium
QualifyingNoon Saturday
Practice Sessions3–4 p.m. Friday (45-minute session)
9–10 a.m. Saturday (45-minute session)
4:20–4:50 p.m. Saturday
Live Timing and ScoringINDYCAR Race Control and INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Radio BroadcastINDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM 160, IndyCar.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Video StreamingAll NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.
* All times are in Central Daylight Time unless otherwise noted. View the green-flag time in all time zones.

Starting LineupView Table
Qualifications GroupsView PDF
Entry ListView Table
Spotter GuideView Web | View PDF
Pit AssignmentsView PDF
Push-to-Pass Parameters200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.
Tires Available per EntrySix sets primary, four sets alternate, one additional set available for rookies for use in first practice.

Starting Lineup

SPCar No.DriverEngineTire
121Rinus VeeKayChevroletAlternate
25Pato O'WardChevroletAlternate
310Alex PalouHondaAlternate
43Scott McLaughlinChevroletAlternate
527Alexander RossiHondaAlternate
67Felix RosenqvistChevroletAlternate
72Josef NewgardenChevroletPrimary
828Romain GrosjeanHondaAlternate
915Graham RahalHondaAlternate
1026Colton HertaHondaPrimary
1177Callum Ilott (R)ChevroletAlternate
128Marcus EricssonHondaAlternate
139Scott DixonHondaAlternate
1430Christian Lundgaard (R)HondaAlternate
1545Jack HarveyHondaAlternate
1606Helio CastronevesHondaAlternate
1751Takuma SatoHondaAlternate
1818David Malukas (R)HondaAlternate
1912Will PowerChevroletPrimary
2029Devlin DeFrancesco (R)HondaAlternate
2114Kyle Kirkwood (R)ChevroletAlternate
2220Conor DalyChevroletPrimary
234Dalton KellettChevroletPrimary
2460Simon PagenaudHondaPrimary
2511Tatiana Calderon (R)ChevroletPrimary
2648Jimmie JohnsonHondaAlternate
(R) Rookie
— Starting Lineup: PDF

Entry List

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamEngine
2Josef NewgardenNashville, Tennessee, USAPPGTeam PenskeChevrolet
3Scott McLaughlinChristchurch, New ZealandSonsioTeam PenskeChevrolet
4Dalton KellettStouffville, CanadaK-LineAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
5Pato O'WardMonterrey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
06Helio CastronevesSao Paulo, BrazilAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
7Felix RosenqvistVärnamo, SwedenVuse Arrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski ChocolateChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott DixonAuckland, New ZealandPNC BankChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Alex PalouBarcelona, SpainThe American LegionChip Ganassi RacingHonda
11Tatiana Calderon (R)Bogota, ColombiaROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
12Will PowerToowoomba, AustraliaVerizonTeam PenskeChevrolet
14Kyle Kirkwood (R)Jupiter, Florida, USAROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, Ohio, USACode 3 AssociatesRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
18David Malukas (R)Chicago, Illinois, USAHMDDale Coyne Racing with HMDHonda
20Conor DalyNoblesville, Indiana, USABitNileEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
21Rinus VeeKayHoofddorp, NetherlandsSonaxEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
26Colton HertaValencia, California, USAGainbridgeAndretti AutosportHonda
27Alexander RossiNevada City, California, USANAPA Auto Parts / AutoNationAndretti AutosportHonda
28Romain GrosjeanGeneva, SwitzerlandEnevate / DHLAndretti AutosportHonda
29Devlin DeFrancesco (R)Toronto, CanadaPowerTapAndretti AutosportHonda
30Christian Lundgaard (R)Hedensted, DenmarkShield CleansersRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
45Jack HarveyBassingham, EnglandHy-VeeRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
48Jimmie JohnsonEl Cajon, California, USACarvanaChip Ganassi RacingHonda
51Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanNurtec ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWRHonda
60Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FranceAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
77Callum Ilott (R)Cambridge, EnglandJuncos Hollinger RacingJuncos Hollinger RacingChevrolet
(R) — Denotes Rookie of the Year candidate
— Entry List: PDF

BIRMINGHAM WEATHER

Track TypePermanent road course
Length2.3 miles
Race Distance90 laps (207 miles)
Number of Turns17
DirectionClockwise
Track Map
2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama track map
Credit: INDYCAR
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Past Driver Performance IndexView PDF
Last Five Wins— 2021: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing
— 2019: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
— 2018: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2017: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2016: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
Last Five Poles— 2021: Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP (1:05.8479)
— 2019: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (1:08.5934)
— 2018: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske (1:07.4413)
— 2017: Will Power, Team Penske (1:06.9614)
— 2016: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske (1:06.7262)
Qualifying Lap Record1:05.5019 (Pato O'Ward of Arrow McLaren SP on April 17, 2021)

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